JW Middle School

John Witherspoon Middle School hosts an after-school seed-to-table program, JW Cooks+Gardens, which teaches students how to grow and prepare food for themselves and their families. Based on the success of our after-school program, the PPS administration returned a seed-to-table food literacy program to the school day in January 2016.

We are also working with NutriServe on a Plant-Rich Pilot for the JW Middle School cafeteria.

In the JW Teaching Kitchens

January 5, 2018

A big thank you to Chef Michelle Fuerst and Priscilla Hayes, garden educator, and Eddie Cohen, science supervisor at PPS, for volunteering their time for a holiday cookie-baking extravaganza in the JW Teaching Kitchens this afternoon! And thanks for dropping in for the festivities, Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane! Nice to have you in the kitchen!






Note of thanks from JW

January 5, 2018

IMG_2070CHARDCORE: Jason Burr, principal of John Witherspoon Middle School, writes to thank Princeton School Gardens Cooperative for funding of the part-time edible gardens educator position for the school year 2017-18. The funding, provided by a partnership between the bent spoon and Whole Earth Center of Princeton, makes possible the seed-to-table efforts of Priscilla Hayes, master gardener, under way in the school’s Food Science course and also in the 501c3’s JW Cooks+Gardens program under the culinary direction of Chef Michelle Fuerst. That’s Mr. Burr with a celebratory bouquet of just-picked Swiss Chard from the JW Edible Gardens – in December!

Chef Michelle Fuerst and Master Gardener Priscilla Hayes created a stellar send-off menu for JW Cooks + Gardens students for the last class: salad from the school’s edible gardens, followed by frozen yogurt with gingersnaps! Students put their own spin on the yogurt – some used New Jersey’s Sweet Sourland Farms maple syrup, others used molasses and one made a vegan version with coconut milk. Students practiced knife skills by dicing candied ginger for their cookie dough. Thanks to everyone who makes this after-school program possible: our funders, McCaffrey’s Food Markets and Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund; Jason Burr, principal at JW and other administrators at Princeton Public Schools; Janet Gaudino, 8th grade science teacher and our advisor for the program; all our volunteers who ensured safety and empowerment for participants. Where would we be without each other?




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